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“PlyDesign is how-to heaven …  a great place to start for independent creators desiring to dive into ply world."

(Wisconsin State Journal)

"The designs are modern and stylish and the tutorials with great patterns make them completely do-able.”

(Make magazine)

“There’s a lot to love. Besides the sheer variety (wine holders, credenzas, desks, chairs, organizers, headboards, doghouses, art panels) of projects, I especially love the introduction to the materials and tools.”



"PlyDesign offers all sorts of ideas for way-cool things to make from common sheet goods."



“Schmidt has written 73 well-described projects with a mid-century modern vibe. … From lap desks to tea tables, and headboards to doghouses, there are enough projects here to fill your home with useful and attractive furniture.”

From the Back Cover

Strength, Flexibility, Uniformity & Beauty

Plywood--that versatile blend of nature and engineering--is easy to work with, inexpensive, and good-looking. Get to know its great qualities as you explore 73 projects contributed by design professionals and enthusiasts who love building with plywood.

Among the PlyDesigns, you'll find sleek furniture for every room (including several knock-down pieces for those really tight spaces), simple toys and games, and even whitewashed paneling, a great alternative to drywall.

There's something for every taste, need, and skill level!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603427252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603427258
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2012
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This is a collection of projects by different designers the use plywood sheets and other sheet goods for construction. For the DIY enthusiast who enjoys wood working, there are a lot of good reasons to get this book. The projects are good mix of perfect beginner's projects and more advanced projects. For the woodworker who is comfortable and experienced, there are a lot of projects that can be put together reasonably quickly.

If you're considering getting into woodworking and have access to power tools and someone who is willing to show you how to use them, this book has wonderful, contemporary designs for very functional furniture items made out of very affordable plywood. A lot of the designs only take one sheet of plywood. The instructions are clearly written with easy to understand plans for cutting.

It starts with an introduction to plywood, the different types, and where the best places to buy it are. It also includes tips on hauling and storing the sheets which are generally 4x8 feet and tips for making clean cuts.

Then you get into the projects. My favorite kinds of projects are good knock down items. Things that can be dissembled easily and reassembled. There is a set of slot and tab end tables that use careful, clever cutting to make 2 out of one sheet of plywood to make a table that's over 3 feet across and stands about 30 inches high. The size, cost and ease of knockdown and putting them up make them perfect tables for all sorts of things.

Stacked candleholders are an example of a project that can be made using hand tools. They are attractive and can be made in different sizes using scraps of plywood. It's a great project for children who are just learning to saw and use a brace.
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Plywood is one of the many stocks that a woodworker must handle. The book provides expert advice about the many types of plywoods and their best uses. From the manufacturing of plywood to the proper care, everything that you need to know.
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PlyDesign is an excellent collection of designs that span a number of applications and aesthetics. There appears to be a larger portion of designs based on mid century modern styles, which might not be to some people's taste. Regardless of your preferences, or positive responses to any of the included designs, there's an element in each of them that is a useful reference for your own work.
I don't look at this as a carpentry recipe book, but more of an idea book with practical steps.
There aren't a lot of books out there that help you to make something a little more refined when using common materials as an amateur with hopes of making something more than a box.
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A very good combination of science and art. The photography attracts you to the projects, then the content makes it possible for you to complete them. The author has done an excellent job of developing interesting and useful projects, and provided the instruction/direction that will make it possible to create a fine finished product. Even I, with limited skill & knowledge, will produce work to be proud of.
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I can actually see myself making quite a few of these and the bamboo ply at the end is very beautiful and inspirational. My son already made Bubble (desk and drink trolly). Almost all of the pieces are beautiful, functional, sturdy, and easy to make.
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I have decided to build as much of the furniture for my new city loft as possible.l, and this book has been the most helpful.

The first chapters of the book give you all the background information you will need about working with plywood, tools and techniques.

The rest of the book is a list of projects, each with cut lists and plans, as well as instructions. The plans are adaptable and many serve as great jumping off points for custom designs.

I have found this to be the most helpful book on diy furniture, especially plywood based furniture, that I have found on Amazon.
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Book was in great physical shape. The book contained the information exactly as was reported in the ratings. Has many useful and realistic plans for a multitude of helpful things. I have been enjoying it.
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This is a fun book and there are a couple of projects my daughter and I will try in the future. You'll need a selection of power tools to make most of the projects and woodworking experience would be a big help. If you're an apartment dweller, necessary work space might be a big issue.
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